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The sprawling metropolis of Houston has plenty of dog-loving denizens. Here are seven things to do with your dog in Houston that will really get their tails wagging.


1. Go To The Park

 Millie Bush Dog Park. Photo: Lindsay Attaway/Flickr

Go for a walk with your dog in one of Houston's many parks, or go to a dog park where your pooch can be off his leash, run, play, and meet other dogs. A few of the best Houston dog parks are Danny Jackson Family Dog Park, Millie Bush Dog Park, and Bay Area Dog Park, which is a full five acres.


2. Go Swimming

Houston actually has a swimming club for dogs and humans. It's called Rummy's Beach Club, and it provides a warm water pool and a private dog park where you and your dog can enjoy endless hours of play. The pool is covered in the winter, so you can swim all year round.


3. Grab A Bite

There are tons of dog-friendly restaurants in Houston. Some of the more popular options, where dogs are always welcome at the outdoor tables, are Chatter's Cafe & Bistro, Tila's Restaurante & Bar, Brother-In-Law's Bar-B-Que, and Barnaby's Cafe.


4. Visit The Arboretum

The Houston Arboretum is a 155-acre wildlife sanctuary with more than five miles of walking paths. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, and there is no admission fee. Be sure to keep a close eye on your pooch, because there are snakes and other critters in the arboretum.


5. See A Baseball Game

The Houston Astros host one dog day every year, where furry companions are invited to Minute Maid Park for a game. Check the team's website to see when the next dog day is, and get your tickets early, because they might sell out.


6. See A Concert

 Hermann Park. Photo: Teresa Quintanilla/Flickr

Hermann Park in Houston has a spacious outdoor theater with about 1,500 seats. The entertainment ranges from music to plays to dance performances from all different cultures. All shows are free, and all welcome four-legged audience members.


7. Go Wine Tasting

Obviously, your dog won't be drinking any wine. But Frascone Winery, about 45 minutes from Houston, welcomes dogs at its outdoor tables. Take a day trip, enjoy wine and food, and explore the bay area. The winery is within walking distance of the water.
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